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About the UNC McNair Program

The Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program (McNair Scholars Program) is a federal TRIO program funding by the US Department of Education, named after the late Ronald E. McNair, PhD. There are currently 187 McNair programs funded at institutions of higher education throughout the US and Puerto Rico. UNC hosts the longest-running program in Colorado, joined recently by programs at CU Boulder and CU Denver. 

The ultimate goal of the program is to increase the attainment of doctoral degrees by students from underrepresented populations. This is achieved by helping eligible undergraduates prepare for successful futures in academia through engagement in faculty-mentored research, graduate school preparation, and other scholarly activities. At UNC, we believe this is also achieved by helping transform students into scholars through experiential learning opportunities and by fostering a community of peers and fellow scholars.

Housed within the University College, we serve approximately 30 UNC students annually, and have served over 300 students at UNC since the program began in 1995. Students (and mentors) come from many different disciplines; past and current scholars represent over 28 different majors within Education and Behavioral Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences, Monfort College of Business, Natural and Health Sciences, and Performing and Visual Arts.

Learn more about the UNC McNair Program